Mayville State University

330 Third Street NE, Mayville, ND 58257-1299

School Details

Mayville State University is a four-year public school located in Mayville, North Dakota. MSU was established through the state constitution in 1889 and is one of North Dakota’s original colleges. The Mayville Normal School became a "teachers college" in 1925 when it began providing general education and offering four-year degrees. The institution’s present name, Mayville State University, was approved by the legislature in 1987.

Mayville State University offers associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. MSU uses small class sizes, which make it easier for students to participate and be heard. Programs of study include: Business; Computer Information Systems; Education and Psychology; Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; Liberal Arts; Mathematics; and Science Fields.

Distance learning courses combine the flexibility of online classes with the student-focused instruction of its on-campus programs. Usually fewer than 20 students make up a distance learning class to make sure students can all receive personal attention from instructors. Mayville State online courses cost $265 per semester hour. Almost fifteen online programs are available at MSU.

Mayville State University has 970 students (949 undergraduates) and 43 faculty members, giving the university a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 42 teach full-time and one teaches part-time. About 60% of undergraduate students study full-time and 40% study part-time. All graduate students study part-time.

The student body contains 55% female students and 45% male students. About 83% of all students are white with the remaining students being black, Asian, American Indian, and Hispanic. About 75% of students are ages 24 and under with 25% of students being ages 25 and above. About 63% of students are from North Dakota, 32% are from out-of-state, and 5% are from a foreign country. 

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 53%, the overall graduation rate is 26%, and the overall transfer-out rate is 1%.

Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, placement services for completers, and on-campus daycare.  

Student organizations include: Alpha Phi Sigma, Collegiate DECA, Campus Crusade, Community/Campus Reading Group, Computer Technology Club, Early Childhood Association, HPER Club, Multicultural Club, Music Club MSU Speech Team, Psychology Club, Residence Hall Association, Science Club, Student Alumni Ambassadors, Student Education Association, Student Activities Council, Student Senate, MSU Theater, Young Democrats, and Young Republicans.  

Other student activities include: intramural sports (flag football, dodge ball, volleyball, and basketball), Student Activities Council, Student Government Association, music, theater, and a student-run radio station.

All freshmen and sophomore students who are under 21 years of age are required to live on-campus in an approved residence hall. All other students can live in on-campus housing if they wish to do so. Housing includes utilities, Internet access, and cable TV. Parking is free and guaranteed for all residence hall students. Meal plans are required for all students living on-campus and are available in the following choices: 14 meals per week, 10 meals per week, five meals per week, and $400 Comet Cash. On-campus and off-campus living are both estimated to cost $5,790 per year with $2,800 in additional living expenses.

Tuition costs $6,193 per year for in-state students and $8,436 per year for out-of-state students. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $1,000 per year. Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 90% of those attending Mayville State University receive financial aid.

Mayville State University has an open admissions policy. MSU accepts applications throughout the year but encourages applying early. In order to be accepted, undergraduates must meet the following requirements: maintained a 2.0 high school GPA, can provide SAT/ACT admission results, and meet specific core curriculum requirements. A complete admission file includes: an official high school transcript or proof of completion of the GED, a completed university immunization form, documentation of the meningococcal disease vaccination, an official and complete transcript from any other college, a completed Mayville State University Application for Admission, and payment of the $35 application fee.

Mayville State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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    Bachelor's degree
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